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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VB and VBA in a Nutshell: The Languages
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is my VB reference Bible


This book is a *focused* reference manual for VB. By that I mean that it does not attempt to cover every obscure feature, but is also quite complete in its coverage of what a professional programmer wants. The second part of the book (alphabetical language reference) includes an especially useful feature called "Programming Tips & Gotchas" which points out non-intuitive features, undocumented features, and, dare I suggest it -- bugs in the product. There's professional-quality depth here -- I'm very pleased with this purchase.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, but not comprehensive


There is some great content in this book and it definitely gives you an understanding of the basics in the 10 Domains. It, by no means, is enough to be able to pass the exam.
After having taken the exam, you realize that you are recalling a great deal of information not included in this particular book.
It is a good cornerstone to your study collection, but is not detailed enough.
This book is also tougher reading than the CISSP Prep Guide, but I feel it helped more (having gone through both).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
One of the very good books on Software Project Management


One of the very good books I have come across. Being a Software Engineering Consultant and practitioner, I was curious to know how the author had dealt with the pronciples of Software Engineering vis-a-vis the realities and practicalities of day-to-day Project Management. I was quite impressed with the way the author has tackled and handled the various issues dealt with in the book. However, I do wish he had been able to complement the topics with examples. All in all, a book every Software professional should be having on his bookshelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel J. Barrett, Richard Silverman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good Content, Very Poor Organization


I had some experience with ssh prior to purchasing this book, but picked it up to learn about more advanced topics like key pair generation for unattended ssh tunnels.
The content of the book is ok, but the organization is horrible. The authors mix SSH1, SSH2 and OpenSSH and it is easy to get confused as to which files or commands belong to which. To add to the confusion, OpenSSH now appears to support SSH2 protocol so a lot of the file names don't match up. That makes the book a little out-of-date.
The biggest complaint is that there are no "cookbooks". I wanted to do something well-defined and relatively common. There was a section suited specifically to what I wanted. However to ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT the technique, I had to flip back and forth between 5 different sections, plus infer some information about file contents.
There are few complete configuration file examples. There are snips of files scattered throughout a section - again making for a lot of navigation through the book to assemble sufficient information to get the job done.
The index is marginal, which makes this poorly-suited for a reference manual.
In all, a real disappointment for a O'Reilly book. The editors must have been asleep at the wheel.